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Delta 8 Flower

Delta 8 has seen quite a strong growth in popularity recently, and from its wider legality to the mellower and more manageable highs, it’s pretty easy to see why. Delta 8 flower is a great option for anybody who enjoys the benefits and effects of THC, but is looking for a milder high without the risk of any paranoia or anxiety. It’s also great for people who have a lot to get done throughout the day.


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What is Delta 8 THC?

THC, as always, actually stands for Tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the main chemical compound that gives cannabis its psychoactive properties. Technically, THC actually refers to quite a few isomers that can be found in cannabis and hemp plants, but it usually refers to the Delta 9 isomer specifically. Without getting too technical, isomers are molecules that have the same number of elements, but different arrangements. In the case of Delta 9 (the “usual” THC isomer), the molecule has a double bond on the ninth link of the carbon chain.

Delta 8 is an isomer of Delta 9 THC. They have identical chemical formulas, but the Delta 8 molecule has a double bond on the eighth link of the chain instead of the ninth. Although this might seem like a small change in structure—quite literally microscopic—there are fairly big differences to take into account. For one, they aren’t identical molecules, which will have an effect on how they interact differently with your Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The other thing to take into account has to do with legality. Generally speaking, Delta 9 is the specific compound that is considered illegal in the United States at a federal level, but it is only one of over a hundred different cannabinoids found in hemp or cannabis plants. This is why other cannabinoids such as CBD are fully legal to purchase and consume in many states. Delta 8 is very similar to Delta 9 molecularly, but they are not the same. This is what makes Delta 8 fully legal in at least 32 states across the country.



 


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What is Delta 8 flower?

Unlike other cannabinoids, while Delta 8 is naturally occurring throughout hemp and cannabis plants, it only appears in miniscule amounts. Often, this particular isomer only makes up less than 1% of the entire plant. This puts typical harvesting methods for hemp and cannabis plants out of the question for Delta 8, since the number of plants needed to harvest a reasonable amount of Delta 8 would ultimately be far too wasteful.

 

Instead, Delta 8 flower comes from infusing hemp flower with Delta 8 distillate. By spraying or soaking the flower with Delta 8, you ensure that the Delta 8 molecule will be present in higher proportions, which will become evident once you begin smoking or consuming otherwise.

 

An alternative to infusion would be to breed cannabis and hemp plants that contain larger amounts of Delta 8 naturally—in fact, this would probably be ideal. The problem is, of course, that breeding new strains takes time. Rest assured, however, because the careful production of these plants is already underway. Hopefully we’ll be able to enjoy naturally Delta-8-rich flowers sooner than later!

 

Can Delta 8 flower get you high?

The short answer: yes. The Delta 8 and Delta 9 isomers are very similar chemically, so it makes sense that they would have very similar psychoactive effects. That being said, the small difference in the chemical arrangement is actually reflected in some differences between the respective highs.

 

For the most part, Delta 8 is described as having a “milder” high than its traditional counterpart. You can expect many of the great effects of Delta 9 such as relaxation, euphoria, and pain-relief, but without running the risk of feeling paranoid or anxious. If you’ve tried marijuana before but had a bad experience with paranoia or anxiety, the mellower high of Delta 8 might be a better experience for you.


Delta 8 is also a great option for people who need to keep their high manageable to be able to do things throughout the day. Depending on your THC tolerance, Delta 9 is (in)famous for leaving people “couched” for the rest of the day. That sort of high can make it difficult to focus and difficult to get any work done at all. If you have things to do, Delta 9 is out of the question for many people.

 

Delta 8, on the other hand, tends to give you a much more mellow high that, for many people, is both enjoyable and manageable. You get all of the benefits mentioned above and, unlike with CBD, you still feel the high in your head. This makes Delta 8 not just a great option for people looking to avoid anxious highs, but also for people who want to make sure their high won’t get in the way of their day.







What is the difference between CBD hemp flower and Delta 8 flower?

Both CBD and Delta 8 are cannabinoids, which means that they are chemical compounds found in cannabis or hemp that interact with the endocannabinoid system. The most immediate difference between these two compounds is that they have different chemical and molecular structures.

 

As we’ve explained above, the main psychoactive component usually associated with cannabis is Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, often referred to simply as THC. To be precise, THC generally refers just to that last part of the name, “tetrahydrocannabinol;” there are multiple compounds that can fit under this part of the name. Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol, or Delta 8, is one of these compounds. CBD, or cannabidiol, is completely absent of any THC and is not itself a psychoactive component of cannabis (or hemp). This means that, on a consumption level, CBD and Delta 8 are actually quite different. Although there are many benefits to using CBD, CBD will simply not deliver a high. Delta 8 will deliver a high, although milder than Delta 9.


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Speaking specifically about the flowers, however, there is a bit of nuance. Since Delta 8 occurs so sparingly in cannabis and hemp plants, it is unfeasible to harvest Delta 8 flowers in a traditional sense. Instead, hemp flowers are infused with Delta 8 to provide all of the benefits of the hemp flower, plus the mellow high of Delta 8. That means that the specific difference between CBD hemp flower and Delta 8 flower is that one has been sprayed or soaked in Delta 8 distillate, while the other has not.

 



How do you use the Delta 8 flower?

Consumption-wise, Delta 8 flower is not different from any other flower you might enjoy. After grinding up the flower, you can enjoy Delta 8 via a joint or a blunt. A bong is a great option for a stronger and faster high. Pipes are elegant and easily manageable. However you usually consume it will be perfectly fine for Delta 8 as well.